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Top 28 political scandals of Australia

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Hopetoun Blunder

The first governor-general of Australia, John Hope, erroneously and controversially appointed the then Premier of New South Wales, Sir William Lyne (pictured) as the country’s prime minister on Dec. 19, 1900. Lyne was unpopular as he had opposed the federation until the eleventh hour when he lost support of other politicians and had to return his commission to Hopetoun, who then appointed Edmund Barton as the prime minister.

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